hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2001
Wow. This is a hell of a beer, beautiful in the glass and kaleidoscopic in flavour as it allows you to experience a rich and spicy shock of alcohol, a rise of berry-and-chocolate in the malt, and a scant dry breath of hops at close. Only the alt is better in the ABC portfolio. flatmatt (1576) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2015 Re-rate from 11-Nov-2015: I have a note in my phone telling me to up this to 4.1.
BrownALEx (459) - Portland, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aromas of dark fruits with some caramel. Flavor is very nice dark fruit, caramel, a bit sweet, and a nice dose of smoke. Not too strong, but not too weak either. I really enjoyed this old ale. 8/4/8/4/15/3.9
Pours a dark ruby with a huge khaki head. Very carbonated. Great aroma, dark fruit mixed with roasty malt. Taste starts sweet (caramel, fruit, sugar) and ends bitter with slight booze. The alcohol is hidden well though, but you can feel it. Very well balanced from beginning to end. This is one of the best winter warmers I’ve had. Must try. muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Draught sample at the brewpub, early August 2006. From the opaque caramel body rises a creamy, lasting off-white head....the nose is invited to partake in a raisiny-figgy caramelized malty aroma, dried fruits and a touch of mustiness enhancing the delight....on the tongue, a thick melange of vanilla, dried fruits and highly tannic strong wine....creamy and thick without being syrupy, the vanilla-oaky sweetness grows with warmth....luscious, elegant and complex without quite ascending to mastery, but still a worthwhle endeavour. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep hazy brown that is nearly opaque. Sweet dark sugar and raisin aromas. Rich and sweet.
Drake (13726) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Ann Arbor Eisenhower, 3/16/16. Clear dark reddish brown, medium sized creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toffee, cherries, citrus. The taste is lemon, cherries, toffee, molasses. Full bodied, low carbonation. Nice.
ganache (5896) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle PKGD ON 11.02.2016. Nose bread crusts and Munich-y deep malt, dark earth and some roast, mild soy, restrained but ever-present fruit. Touch of sugar, dark, rich. Pour cola-brown but darkening in the glass, still ruby when held under light, head is creamy light tan. Taste sweet and strongly spicy, strong alcohol, sugary, warm, rich earth, big fat rich malt, lots of bread crusts, toasted/scorched flits, not terribly grainy but there’s some in best Continental tradition. Fruit is there (mostly fig) but too restrained; there’s a classiness about it an good integration, but a little pop would do wonders. Full body but not overly heavy or fat, mild crispness is appropriate, some chocolate, some dough, some mild tobacco. Subtle bright citrus, hops indeed still there but light and deft, brown sugar/molasses. Bread crusts and a touch of butter in the long aftertaste. Alcohol needs to mellow but the complexity is already quite good, though the caramel/malt is slightly muddy. A lot of fun with this one. [2017.06.19: 3.9] bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
On tap at the pub. Dark ruby brown colored with a little head. Aroma of some light caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and a little hops. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Very black, no head. Rich chocolate, dried fruit, gingerbread and spice on the nose. Strong palate, a little hot, with hot cocoa, cream and baking spice flavors. Tasty. Definitely a winter warmer. alliance100 (1152) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Draft - pours a dark murky brown , some fruity dark fruit aromas mostly raisins with a hint of spice. Taste is sweet with some caramel , raisin, plum and figs. A very drinkable Old Ale .